“I thought it was just a little limp…” Part 4: Chemotherapy options for canine osteosarcoma

It’s been two weeks since Duffy's amputation surgery, and he’s coming in to see me for a check-up, and a final discussion on what our plan for his future will be. I anxiously awaited his arrival to my examination area, recalling how when he went home two days after surgery he seemed slightly sluggish with some … Continue reading “I thought it was just a little limp…” Part 4: Chemotherapy options for canine osteosarcoma

“I thought it was just a little limp…” Part 3: Palliative options for canine osteosarcoma

Thus far I’ve discussed various methods we use to diagnose dogs with osteosarcoma and the staging tests for canine osteosarcoma. In the following two articles I will describe palliative and definitive treatment options for this disease, and their respective prognoses. To review, osteosarcoma is an aggressive form of bone cancer in dogs. Most tumors arise … Continue reading “I thought it was just a little limp…” Part 3: Palliative options for canine osteosarcoma

“I thought it was just a little little limp”, Part 2…

Last week I introduced you to Duffy, an older Golden retriever, whose seemingly simple limp turned out to be a harbinger for the devastating diagnosis of osteosarcoma. This week I want to go over some of the available staging tests designed to look for spread of this type of cancer, as well as provide my … Continue reading “I thought it was just a little little limp”, Part 2…

“I thought it was just a little limp.” When a diagnosis of lameness leads to something more concerning…

Duffy’s owners noted he was limping on his right front leg a few weeks ago. They didn’t give it much consideration at the time. It wasn’t unusual for this handsome and active 9 year-old Golden retriever to tweak a muscle once in a while, and after a few days of rest and prescription anti-inflammatory medication, … Continue reading “I thought it was just a little limp.” When a diagnosis of lameness leads to something more concerning…